National Association of State Retirement Administrators


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that state and local governments added an estimated 33,000 jobs in February 2018, with 31,000 jobs added by local governments and 2,000 jobs added by state governments. Revisions to prior months' data added 7,000 previously unreported state government jobs to the running total, and subtracted 6,000 local government jobs. As of February 2018 the BLS identifies approximately 19.6 million individuals employed by state and local governments - the highest number since May 2010 - and approximately 13 percent of the nation's workforce.

Since peaking in August 2008, state and local governments have shed 235,000 jobs, or approximately 1.2 percent of their total.

The private sector added an estimated 287,000 jobs in February 2018. 

The chart below compares the relative changes in combined state and local government and private sector employment since 2007.

Monthly changes in state and local government
and private sector employment, 2007-2018

Compiled by NASRA based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics